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Category Archives: Eating Disorder Treatment

Eating Disorders and Self-Harm

Eating disorders often present with co-occurring conditions—one of the most common of which is self-harm. Self-harm is characterized as the deliberate injury of the body, and may manifest as cutting, burning, hair pulling, or even overdosing on medications or elicit drugs. Contrary to popular myth, self-harm is not a “cry for attention.” Often, self-harm is secret and private. Why does self-harm so often co-occur with eating disorders? There are multiple factors. For one, those who struggle with eating disorders have increased risk for engaging in self-harm behaviors. In addition, those engaging in self-harm behaviors may also exhibit symptoms of eating…

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What is Balanced Nutrition in Eating Disorder Recovery?

At Castlewood Treatment Centers, we work with clients to develop a balanced approach to nutrition—but what exactly does that mean? Most basically, it means we want to help our clients gain a normalized approach to eating. We want them to be able to eat without any food-related anxiety, stress, judgment or shame. That obviously encompasses the food on the plate, but it is not just about the food on the plate. It is also about eating rituals, habits and socialization. Let’s talk about food, first. What we tell clients at Castlewood is that “all foods fit.” In other words, we…

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Don’t Skip Sleep

When you struggle with restlessness or insomnia, the very thought of laying in bed, tossing and turning and trying to fall to sleep, can be maddening. It’s enough to make you want to get up, turn on the coffee, and just move on with your life—but that would be very dangerous indeed. Your body needs sleep. Forgoing it can have a disastrous impact on your health—and for that matter, on your eating disorder recovery. Sleep provides the body and mind with needed opportunities to heal and to recharge. The consequences of missing sleep can include irritability, lethargy, poor concentration, a…

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How Do Eating Disorders Affect Athletes?

There is no group of people exempt from the risk of eating disorders—and that includes athletes. At first, this may seem a bit surprising. After all, participation in an organized sport can offer many benefits—benefits like positive self-esteem, body image, and a general sense of empowerment—that can combat eating disorders. But there’s another side of the coin, and for some individuals, athletics can contribute significant levels of physical and psychological stress, which can, in turn, either exacerbate eating disorder tendencies or aide in the develop of an eating disorder. In fact, there are many eating disorder risk factors for athletes.…

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Eating Disorder Relapse

Going through the eating disorder recovery process does not mean that you are “fixed” or “cured.” Recovery is a lifelong process, one that will entail both good days and bad. As such, eating disorder relapse can happen, and it is important to be aware of its implications. First, why do relapses happen? To understand this, remember that eating disorders are not primarily about food. They are generally rooted in genetic and biological factors, but external stress and anxiety can sometimes trigger or exacerbate them. Transitioning from eating disorder treatment program back into your “normal” life—and all the struggles associated with…

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Overcoming Shame in Eating Disorder Recovery

It is difficult to talk about eating disorders without talking about shame. For the person with an eating disorder, shame can be a vicious cycle—both causing the disorder but also stemming from it, the nature of the disease resulting in feelings of guilt and self-hatred. Recovery from an eating disorder requires you to overcome shame—but doing so is anything but easy. A big part of overcoming shame is learning to trust other people. This doesn’t mean broadcasting all your innermost problems and fears to the world, but it does mean opening up and being honest with a few key people.…

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Setting Up for Success: Navigating Eating Disorder Recovery in the Workplace

Recovery from an eating disorder takes time, patience and commitment; in many ways, it is a lifelong journey. Eventually, though, you will have to return to your normal life—including your job. The transition back into the workforce can be a little daunting, but it does not have to be. The trick is to be strategic in creating an environment where your recovery comes first—where you can remain committed to finishing the journey you have started. What can you do to position yourself for success in the workplace—not just career success, but health success? Consider these tips: Time it right. Some…

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3 Minutes Can Save a Life. Get Screened. Get Help. Get Healthy.

Though eating disorders are common, they are also hidden behind stigma and misinformation. That’s what makes National Eating Disorder Awareness Week so significant, so vitally important. Occurring this year on the last week of February, National Eating Disorder Awareness Week serves as a critical season of insight, education and awareness raising. You can learn more about the week, and the role you can play in it, by visiting nedawareness.org. But we want to highlight something in particular about this year’s week—namely, its theme. The tagline for 2016’s National Eating Disorder Awareness Week is this: 3 Minutes Can Save a Life.…

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Eating Disorders in the Workplace

A common misconception about eating disorders is that they are primarily or entirely about food. In truth, eating disorders aren’t really about food, nor are they necessarily about body image. Actually, eating disorders are mental health issues that typically manifest due to stress and anxiety. As such, it is not at all uncommon for eating disorders to be triggered by particularly stressful, volatile environments—including many places of work. Yes, it is more than possible that someone in your office could be struggling with an eating disorder. Remember that eating disorders are equal opportunity offenders; they can impact men and women,…

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What are the Health Consequences of Eating Disorders?

Eating disorders are commonly classified as mental illnesses—and rightly so: They are seldom really about food or eating, but rather stem from trauma, stress, and other psychological motivators. And yet, though they may be psychological at their root, their effects can be decidedly physical. Complications from Eating Disorders Indeed, eating disorders can lead to a number of bodily complications—including some serious and even life-threatening health consequences. As an example, consider some of the health consequences of anorexia nervosa: Abnormally slow heart rate and low blood pressure Reduction of bone density Muscle loss and weakness Severe dehydration, sometimes leading to kidney…

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